Boom. Stopped dead in our tracks. Brentford were overtaken in the fledgling Championship table by a Wolves team whose 3-1 victory sees them climb to eighth, one place above the Bees. This following a fine mini-spell that had seen the Bees unbeaten over a four game period in which we’d picked up 8 points from a possible 12.
Ten games in and the table will, officially or otherwise, be deemed to have taken shape. It was the mellifluous wordsmith BBC Billy Reeves who previously described it as being in nascent form prior to this point.
Yet if round nine of the current campaign saw the table breaking her waters, Dean Smith and his team can be more than happy as to where they sit going into Tuesday night’s home encounter with Reading. Griffin Park being the metaphorical labour ward with that final birth squeeze taking place at around 10pm. Only then will we be given our first look at a fully formed table.
Congratulations, Mr. Smith. It’s a ……?
But to get to that point, first we need to look back on the action from Wolves in game 9. What can you say? Well, anything would be a help because I wasn’t there for this one. The trade off of away ‘green cards’ with domestic bliss being a particularly fine line to walk. Who needs a trip to Wolverhampton when a ride on the Piccadilly line and a walk around the Science Museum are on offer? Don’t answer that please. Me and HB had fun looking at the moon rocket.
As ever, match reports are provided by the likes of Beesotted, the BBC and ‘official’ ( you can take your pick at News Now) but, equally, the world of social media helps. A lot.
Likewise, as ever Sky have the highlights on their website and, certainly, these will do until we get the full fat Burridge infused version at mid-day. Let’s just all look away for the second Wolves goal. Regardless of the refereeing decision that allowed the free kick to be given in the first place, could anybody have got something in the way? Should Dan Bentley have been beaten from there?
Oranges are not the only fruit
So what did we learn. Well, as Brentford supporters once sang. “Two Scott Fitzgeralds. There’s only two Scott Fitzgeralds.” And, it would seem, that has now become a refrain which can be shared about João Teixeira. Double goalscorer João Teixeira not to be confused with João Carlos Teixeira who featured twice for the Bees in a somewhat bizarre loan spell from Liverpool back in 2013.
Whilst Wolves may have picked up the points (goals, not ‘deserving’, being the things that win games) the one thing just about everybody agreed on being the quality, or lack of, from the referee. Andy Davies being the maligned man in the middle this time around.
Phil Parry, partner in BBC crime of our own Billy, taking to Twitter to share his own take on things:
Talking after the game to my own Molineux insider, long term Last Word correspondent Rusty Mini, his take on things was that , “Brentford really were not that bad in the first half except in the last 10 minutes when all the shape and discipline seemed to disappear. They looked pretty good for about 5 minutes either side of their goal. I’m not one to moan much about refs but this one didn’t have his best day. Or at least let down badly by his linesmen.”
Brentford head coach Dean Smith was a lot more direct in his own post match comments on the officials. Whilst still taking time to note the performance of our opponents, the standout point from his interview hinging on an observation that their second goal should have been our free-kick anyway.
He told ‘official’ that, “Their second goal should have been our free-kick anyway, it certainly wasn’t a free-kick to them, and they score from that. Games change on decisions and that was a poor decision from the official. Then at 2-1 we have a chance from John Egan with a header, we have a chance with Lasse Vibe and then we should have had a penalty for handball and we didn’t get it.”
Ah, that handball. Well, I’ll leave it to Twitter to once more give the opinion, and pictures, on that one.
As for the players and their take on things…..
Well, you know what happens on those instances that we lose. Yes, it’s time “to go again”. And we had a couple of interesting takes on this one last night.
A disappointing loss but fair play to Walter Zenga and his pack of Wolves. With the referee impacting both teams, they may have had the run of the decisions but, equally, they’ve taken their chances.
And that, folks, is what wins games.
Next up, Reading on Tuesday followed by Wigan Athletic at the weekend. A double run of home games that sees Lewis Macleod and Josh McEachran both awaiting the resits of injury assessments. Likewise, with Ryan Woods one yellow card away from a suspension (according to the FA website but on five from just about every other source), could it be a very different Brentford midfield that we see for the next couple of matches?
Time to get Konstantin Kerschbaumer out of cold storage? Alan Mac to add his own brand of midfield bite?
See you on Tuesday when we find out.